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Bedazzled (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 10 December 1967 (USA)
A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams.

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Peter Cook (screenplay), Peter Cook (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cook ... George Spiggott
Dudley Moore ... Stanley Moon
Eleanor Bron ... Margaret
Raquel Welch ... Lust / Lilian Lust
Alba Alba ... Vanity
Robert Russell ... Anger
Barry Humphries ... Envy
Parnell McGarry Parnell McGarry ... Gluttony
Danièle Noël Danièle Noël ... Avarice (as Daniele Noel)
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Sloth
Michael Bates ... Inspector Clarke
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Irving Moses
Robin Hawdon ... Randolph
Michael Trubshawe ... Lord Dowdy
Evelyn Moore Evelyn Moore ... Mrs. Wisby
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Storyline

Stanley is a short order cook, infatuated with Margaret, the statuesque waitress who works at Wimpy Bar with him. Despondent, he prepares to end it all when he meets George Spiggott AKA the Devil. Selling his soul for 7 wishes, Stanley tries to make Margaret his own first as an intellectual, then as a rock star, then as a wealthy industrialist. As each fails, he becomes more aware of how empty his life had been and how much more he has to live for. He also meets the seven deadly sins who try and advise him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stanley Donen's Bedazzled See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Stanley Donen Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dudley Moore adopted the moniker Stanley Moon in this film after John Gielgud wrote him a letter of introduction because he was impressed with Moore's work in the stage revue "Beyond the Fringe". Gielgud obliviously referred to Moore as Stanley Moon in the letter, and an amused Moore adopted the name as an alter ego for the rest of his life. After they worked on Arthur (1981) and Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) together, Gielgud good-naturedly said that he "got to know Stanley Moon rather well." See more »

Goofs

(at around 55 mins) During Dudley Moore's song "Love Me" which he sings in character as Stanley Moon, the woman to the right of the screen seems to say repeatedly "Oh Dudley" instead of calling him by his character's name, "Stanley". See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
George Spiggott: [to God] All right, you great git, you've asked for it. I'll cover the world in Tastee-Freez and Wimpy Burgers. I'll fill it with concrete runways, motorways, aircraft, television, automobiles, advertising, plastic flowers, frozen food and supersonic bangs. I'll make it so noisy and disgusting that even you'll be ashamed of yourself! No wonder you've so few friends; you're unbelievable!
[God laughs]
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Crazy Credits

The film ends with God laughing at the devil; God's laughter continues intermittently throughout the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in An Audience with Dudley Moore (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Mouth
Written by Dudley Moore and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dudley Moore Trio
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A bit dated sometimes, but still very good.
23 November 2004 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

I first saw the Hollywood remake of this movie a few years ago. I don't remember much about it, except for the fact that I wasn't really convinced by it. This evening however I saw the original version and I really liked it.

Yes, it looks a little bit dated and the acting may not be the best you've ever seen, but the story is nice and timeless. It's about a man who is afraid to ask the girl of his dreams out for a date. In return for his soul the devil promises him to help him. He sells his soul and he gets 7 wishes. Of course the devil always knows how to fool the man by making his wishes not coming true the way he had imagined it.

I had a good time watching it and I really had a few good laughs. The humor may look a little bit innocent by today's standards, but I still prefer this kind of humor over what is considered as humor today by some (a man running with a dead deer around his body, getting hit by a truck for instance - part in Tom Green's Freddy Got Fingered). You may call me old fashioned (even though I'm only 26 years old), but sometimes I prefer the old kind of humor over the new kind.

Overall this movie looks a bit dated from time to time, but don't let that be a reason not to watch this movie. I'm quite sure you'll enjoy it. I did and I give it a 7.5/10 for it.


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